Eibach Spring Install
Start with a set of Eibach Pro Springs
and a 2009-2012 Maxima
You will need a jack, 21mm impact or socket to remove the wheels, 18 mm socket and wrench, one allen wrench and i am unsure of the size. a spring compressor, an additional jack, a hammer, a flathead screwdriver...
I had the luxury of a lift for my lift. if you dont have a lift you can simply use a jack. put her up in the air, take off the wheels. i started in the back of the car because it is the easiest part of the job.
After removing the rear wheels you will need the 18mm wrench on the inside nut and another 18mm wrech on the outside bolt. losen and let the control arm drop
this is a view of the top
an impact comes in handy to speed up the process
you will need to jack up the control arm to get the bolt out of its place a little easier.
simply drop the control arm and pop out the old spring, here the springs are side by side. the eibach is on the left and factory is on the right.
Put the eibach in the existing spring location with the eibach lettering right side up
You may have to wiggle the bolt back into its place by adjusting the second jack under the control arm and lifting to the appropriate height until the bolt slides in. some coaxing with a hammer helps.
repeat this process for the other side of the vehicle. when the wheels are back on the proceed to the front of the car
remove your front wheels, raise the front of the car, pop your hood and remove the plastic componets on each side held by two plastic clips each
First when you have your wheel off, I removed this first with an 18mm socket wrench and set it safely out of harms way.
you must remove a brake line from the strut assembly that you simply pull from its housing. using a flathead screwdriver remove the other line connected to the strut assembly aswell. do not lose the metal tab that holds it in place.
in the photo above you will see two arrows. you must remove these two bolts to be able to drop the strut out of the wheel well. you will need a 18mm socket or impact and a adjustable wrench to hold the nut in place so it does not turn on you. after removing the brake lines from the housing and the additional line connected with the tab and removing all nuts and bolts connected to the strut you can move out of the wheel well into the top of the engine bay.
you will see four bolts on top of the strut assembly. the bolt on the tower bar is meaningless for this procedure. you can simply remove it.
remove the 3 silver bolts using a socket wrench to drop the strut from its housing
dont be alarmed, unless you have someone helping, the strut will fall out and when it is removed it will look like this
this is where a spring compressor comes in. if you do not have one, you can rent one from your local auto parts store. I was fortunate to have a machined spring compressor. this is tricky, you must use this with caution. this is very dangerous if not done correctly. compress the spring to remove the strut and replace with eibach spring
after compressing the spring
use a 18mm wrench to hold the nut on top of strut assembly
use a allen wrench to keep this bolt from spinning. I recommend an allen wrench that has a socket attatchment and using a socket wrench. after safely removing the nut, the assembly will come apart, you may remove the factory spring.
compress the eibach spring before attempting to install on the strut assembly
make sure to cup the new eibach spring to the bump stop on the bottom of the strut assembly.
tighten the nut completely on top of the strut assembly before decompressing the new spring.
here is a side by side comparison of the two springs
after you must instal the strut assembly in the reverse order.
it is the same for the other side.
here are some pics of it all done
if you have any questions, ask.